August 17, 2015

Product Review: Missha Time Revolution the First Essence

     It took me a while to finish IOPE's Bio Essence (full review here), but I recently finished up the whole bottle and now I finally am able to use Missha's Time Revolution Essence. Missha's particular essence is often referred to as the SKII dupe unlike the other essences on the market. Priced at $49, it is in the midrange price bracket for essences being more expensive than Nature Republic's essence but less expensive than IOPE's Bio Essence.        

Missha Time Revolution the First Treatment Essence, 5oz
Price: $49

Back to the Basics, a Stepping Stone to a Healthier and New Skin. Contains 80% Fermented Yeast Concentrate, which absorbs into skin instantly to energize your skin. Also contains Niacinamide, a Vitamin B3 component, to improve skin elasticity, enhance skin barrier function, and revive skin tone and texture. DN-Aid, made from Cassia-Alata Extract, provides vitality to aging skin, protects DNA from aging caused by UV rays, and promotes restoration of damaged DNA

saccharomyces ferment filtrate, propanediol, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, niacinamide, polyquaternium-51, bifida ferment lysate, amaranthus caudatus seed extract, raffinose, ulmus davidiana root extract, pentylene glycol, piper methysticum leaf/root/stem extract, glycerin, beta vulgaris (beet) root extract, hydrolyzed corn starch, centella asiatica extract, portulaca oleracea extract, phenoxyethanol, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, phellodendron amurense bark extract, cassia alata leaf extract, tromethamine, water, adenosine, ethylhexylglycerin hydrogenated lecithin, acetic acid, lactic acid, sodium hyaluronate.


       Unlike Nature Republic's The First Essence but similar to IOPE's Bio Essence, Time Revolution does not have a scent. You get a little less essence at 5oz instead of 5.68oz from IOPE and 5.07oz from Nature Republic. Furthermore, since purchasing my own bottle, Missha has come out with a second generation for the product and calls it "Time Revolution Intensive." I assume that it's a similar reformulation to when Nature Republic made their essence more concentrated and added a few more extracts. As for if it's a SKII dupe, I personally haven't tried SKII's essence yet, but when comparing the ingredients, SKII has less ingredients than Missha's, but it may be because Missha's has many more extracts. Like all essences, Missha's Time Revolution feels like water on your skin and it's super gentle on your skin even if you may have active blemishes that are currently tender or healing. Whereas IOPE's Bio Essence felt slightly more slippery on my skin, Missha's feels just like water which is similar in texture to Nature Republic's essence. If you're sensitive to fragrances and on a budget, definitely give Time Revolution a try over IOPE's Bio Essence.  

You should purchase this product if:
  • You are sensitive to fragrances in your skincare products.
  • You are looking to purchase an essence that priced in the mid-range 

You should not purchase this product if:
  • As with most of the essences I've reviewed, there really are  no cons to adding an essence to your skincare routine!

Concluding Remarks

      Missha's Time Revolution is available to purchase online via Amazon and Missha's official ecommerce site. I highly recommend purchasing an essence if you haven't already. Essentially they are all the same, so it's just a matter of preference and your budget that should dictate which essence you should buy. I would say that no matter what your budget is, you should definitely try to incorporate an essence into your skincare since they're really amazing skincare products with definite observable results!


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